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The mission of the Stalking Resource Center is to enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking.

U.S. Virgin Islands

This page lists the most applicable state crimes addressing stalking. However, depending on the facts of the case, a stalker might also be charged with other crimes, such as trespassing, intimidation of a witness, breaking and entering, etc. Check your state code or consult with your local prosecutor about other charges that might apply in a particular case.

Stalking

Analyzing Stalking Laws


Stalking

14 V.I.C. § 2071. Definitions. (2005)
As used in this chapter:

(a)  "Course of conduct" means knowing and willful action directed at a specific person, composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of "course of conduct."

(b)  "Credible threat" means an explicit or implicit threat made with the intent and the apparent ability to carry out the threat, so as to cause the person who is the target of the threat to reasonably fear for their safety or the safety of a member of the person's family.

(c)  "Harass" means to engage in a course of conduct directed at a specific person which would cause a reasonable person to suffer emotional distress.
 
14 V.I.C. § 2072. Stalking prohibited; degrees of offense; punishment. (1994)

(a)  A person is guilty of the crime of stalking who purposely and repeatedly follows another person and engages in a course of conduct or makes a credible threat with the intent of annoying or placing that person in reasonable fear of death or bodily harm or injury. Any person convicted of the crime of stalking shall be imprisoned for a period not to exceed 18 months, or may be fined up to $7,500, or both.


(b)  A person who commits a second or subsequent offense of stalking shall be imprisoned for a period not to exceed 5 years, or may be fined up to $15,000, or both and shall be required to obtain psychological or emotional assistance as determined by the court. Provided, however, a person who is convicted of a third or subsequent offense, shall be imprisoned for not less than one month and not more than 5 years, or may be fined up to $15,000, or both.

(c)  A person is guilty of the crime of aggravated stalking who commits the crime of stalking in violation of an existing court order prohibiting the behavior and shall be imprisoned for a period not to exceed 5 years, or may be fined up to $15,000, or both.

(d)  A person is guilty of the crime of aggravated stalking who commits the crime of stalking which involves a crime of violence as defined in Title 23, section 451, subsection (e) of this code and shall be imprisoned for a period not to exceed 5 years, or may be fined up to $15,000, or both.

(e)  The provisions of this section shall not apply to conduct which occurs during organized group picketing.

VI ST T. 14 § 465 Cyber-stalking and cyber-harassment prohibited. (2013)
(a) Whoever transmits any communication by computer or other electronic device to any person or causes any person to be contacted for the sole purpose of harassing that person or his or her family is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both.

(b) For the purpose of this section, “harassing” means any knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person which seriously alarms, annoys, or bothers the person, and which serves no legitimate purpose.

(c) The course of conduct must be of a kind that would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, or be in fear of bodily injury.

(d) As used in this section, “course of conduct” means a pattern of conduct comprised of a series of acts over a period of time, evidencing a continuity of purpose. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of “course of conduct.”

(e) A second or subsequent conviction under subsection (a) of this section shall be deemed a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than two (2) years, by a fine of not more than six thousand dollars ($6,000), or both.


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